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Weird monument in Wales has interesting history

Weird monument in Wales has interesting history Dec 6th, 2011 at 1:00PM: If you're staying in Aberystwyth, Wales, you can see it from pretty much everywhere--a tall tower on a bluff to the south of town. At first it's hard to see what it is, so my wife, five-year-old son and I decided to walk there and have a look. It was an easy two or three kilometers from town through a wooded trail up a fairly steep slope. What greeted us once we made it through the trees was...

Flags without countries

Flags without countries Jul 29th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Do you recognize this flag? Neither did I. It's the flag of Lapland. Lapland isn't a country, but a region in northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia where the Sámi (Lapps) live. Only Norway recognizes this flag, and it's flown throughout the country on February 6 to celebrate Sámi National Day. I discovered this flag in Aberystwyth, Wales, of all places, while walking...

Riding the rails in Wales: a steam train into the Welsh hills

Riding the rails in Wales: a steam train into the Welsh hills Jul 28th, 2011 at 2:00PM: If you like old trains, you're going to love Wales. The region has several narrow-gauge steam locomotives. The website Great Little Trains of Wales tells you about ten of them traveling various routes around the country. Most are clustered in the north and west, which most travelers say has the best scenery. Having never been on a steam train and knowing it would be a guaranteed hit with our...

Exploring the Welsh coast: Aberaeron and New Quay

Exploring the Welsh coast: Aberaeron and New Quay Jul 27th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Yesterday I mentioned that Aberystwyth is a good base from which to explore western Wales. On our second day in Wales my wife, son, and I hopped on a local bus and went south down the Welsh coast to the ports of Aberaeron and New Quay. Aberaeron is about 40 minutes from Aberystwyth and New Quay is only about 20 minutes further south from Aberaeron. While we didn't have long in Aberaeron, we...

Aberystwyth: Exploring a seaside resort in Wales

Aberystwyth: Exploring a seaside resort in Wales Jul 26th, 2011 at 2:00PM: When deciding where to go for a beach vacation, Aberystwyth in Wales probably isn't the first place you think of. It wasn't ours either. My wife and I picked it on the advice of an English friend who had never been there and about an hour's research on the Internet. We like to travel by the seat of our pants because it usually leads to a great experience. Usually. Since this will not be an...

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